Cleansing is one of life’s little essentials. After a long hard day, no other product is better at removing free radicals or stubborn make-up than a cleanser. Whether the process involves a hot flannel or soft cotton discs, there is something deeply therapeutic and relaxing about this daily skincare ritual. Yet, the feel good factor isn’t entirely down to the product. Many psychologists believe that the act of cleansing itself can also remove mental residues as well as physical. For example, if you have been feeling hesitant about a recent decision, cleansing helps to reduce any conflict you may feel over your choices. Looks like Peggy Lee was way ahead of the game when she sang ‘I’m gonna wash that man right outta my hair’. Cleansing doesn’t just help us feel better about the decisions we make on a daily basis; equally, it can also serve as a refreshing function to wash away the symbolic mask we wear during our day at work. Removing the ‘mask’ can feel purifying and restorative and help to refresh our self-view at the end of each day. While a lot of theory behind the powers of cleansing is yet to be backed up by large-scale studies, product research into cleansers has been far more rigorous. Here are the ten best cleansers that will help leave you sparkling on the outside as well as inside.
Shu Uemura POREFinist £26.50Wash away concerns about oily skin with this anti-shine cleansing oil. Launching in April, the updated formula targets blackheads by regulating sebum secretion and also dramatically reduces shine and greasiness. It allows you to enjoy the benefits of smooth skin for a beautiful make-up finish that lasts longer. Less is more with this spot-fighting hero product.
Crème de la Mer Cleansing Foam £60.00
For those willing to splash the cash, this luxury cleanser is for you. A deluxe hybrid of sea algae fibres and white pearl powder is whipped together to gently purify and energise the skin. The fluffy texture lathers up into a rich foam making it a dream to apply.
Diptyque Cleansing Balm £44.00
Appearances can be deceptive with this new Cleansing Balm by Diptique. Created with three essential waxes it quickly transforms into a fine oil between your fingertips, before magically morphing into a milky emulsion on contact with water. Its altering abilities are not just for show; the formula is deeply refining helping skin to reach a new level of softness. It’s well worth spoiling yourself with this new beauty treat.
Rodial Dragons Blood Cleansing Water £29.00
While the name might sound like something from a children’s fantasy film, Dragon’s Blood is actually sourced from the red sap of the ‘sangre de drago’ tree. The super-soothing ingredient works to form a second skin-like protective film across your face and neck that evens out skin tone. Its anti-inflammatory properties calm stressed skin making it ideal for city dwellers that face a daily onslaught of urban grime.
Ren Rose Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser £16.00
More than your average cleanser, this two-phase treatment is something you’d expect when visiting a facialist. First comes the rich velvety formula that contains reviving Rosa Centifolia (that’s Rose water to you and I) to refresh and invigorate the skin. Quickly followed by the hot cloth that deeply relaxes you whilst opening your pores for a thorough cleanse. The result? Skin is left so polished it gleams.
Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter £34.95
A must-have for those who suffer from dry skin, Organic Pharmacy’s Carrot Butter melts on contact leaving skin drenched with moisture. One of its main ingredients is Rosemary, a powerful decongestive that magnetically lifts impurities from the skin. For skin that is particularly dull, remove the cleanser with a water soaked muslin cloth (which will help to improve blood circulation.)
Make Up Store Cleansing Oil £23.00
Scandi brands are making their mark in the skincare world and it’s easy to see why with Make Up Store’s latest offering. This 3-layered cleanser gently and effectively tackles tough waterproof makeup without stripping away natural oil, not to mention the vibrantly coloured formula brightens up any dressing table.
Neal’s Yard Wild Beauty Balm £37.00
A cult classic, women all over the UK have been using Wild Beauty balm for ten years. It seems we can’t get enough of its naturally-derived ingredients such as hemp, geranium and patchouli that all provide a wealth of benefits to our skin. To celebrate its milestone birthday this April, Neal’s Yard have partnered with talented British artist, Alice Shields, to create an exclusive design to appear on the packaging. Hurry though as its only available while stocks last.
Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Cleanser £22.00
A beauty staple if ever there was one. Don’t be fooled by its gentle formula, this cream cleanser is super tough on resilient make-up giving skin a much needed deep clean. After just one use your skin will thank you.
Caudalie Fleur De Vigne Instant Foaming Cleanser £15.00
This wonderfully fresh soap-free cleanser is a treat for the senses; made with 98.7% natural ingredients (including red grape extract and sage,) it respects the skin’s natural balance to leave it comfortable and supple. Apply to damp skin for best results, it’s super refreshing on hot sticky days.
Written by Perdita Nouril